William Wordsworth was born in Cumberland in 1770. After Cambridge University, he lived for a time in Revolutionary France, before returning to England in 1793. In 1797 he moved to Somerset, where he and his friend Coleridge published Lyrical Ballads, a landmark in English Romanticism. In 1802 Wordsworth moved back to the Lakes with his sister and married Mary Hutchinson in the same year. He continued to write poetry, and was Poet Laureate from 1843 until his death in 1850.